News and Events

Volume 1 - Edition 7
December 10, 2004

Making Nuclear Power Safer

Jin Jiang, professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, plans to bring Canada’s nuclear power industry into the 21st Century, after being awarded $2 million over the next five years by Science and Engineering Research Canada (more commonly known as NSERC) and the University Network of Excellence in Nuclear Engineering (UNENE) for his leading research.
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Pictured (left to right):
Paul Davenport, President, The University of Western Ontario; Jin Jiang, Professor, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering; Franco Berruti, Dean of Engineering.


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Awards & Accomplishments


Engineering Student Chosen Rhodes Scholar

At the age of 20, Joelle Faulkner is a fourth-year Chemical Engineering - Ivey student and business owner, on her way to Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.
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Engineers Without Borders (EWB)
Western Engineering officially launched a chapter of EWB this September.
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Mini Baja Update
The 2005 Mini Baja team has made significant design changes to this year's off-road vehicle. 
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2004 - 2005 Funding for Undergraduate Engineering Student Projects
The selection committee has awarded funding to 27 student projects, clubs, teams and initiatives.
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ECE Grad Student Wins 60m Hurdles
Congratulations to pentathlete Preet Atwal, ECE grad student, who won the 60m hurdles (8.88) at the Western Mustang Track and Field Season Opener. Atwal also threw a personal best in the shot put (12.13m).

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From Engineering to Psychology
What do engineering and psychology have in common?  John Beeckmans.

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Western Innovation Fund Supports Knopf's Research
George Knopf, Associate Dean and faculty member in the Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering is one of the newest recipients of the Western Innovation Fund award.

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Managing Water-Related Disasters
An international conference at Western on water-related disasters wrapped up Tuesday with a strong consensus that more needs to be done to mitigate the loss in property and life from such disasters around the world.
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Western Engineering and General Dynamics Collaborate

Jeff Wood, faculty member in the Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering is working with General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada to assess ballistic materials for the manufacture of military vehicles.
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Upcoming Events


Rowan Williams Davies and Irwin (RWDI) Information Session
Tuesday, January 11
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
This information session is for students interested in an internship with RWDI.  The session is also open to all graduating students. For more information, contact Michelle Prestwich


Inventing the Future Conference
Friday, January 28

78 Queen's Park, Toronto
The University of Toronto Law School

The University of Toronto's Centre for Innovation Law and Policy is hosting Young Inventors International's third Inventing the Future Conference.  This event may be of interest for students who are planning to start their own business or commercialize their research or technology. 
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Engineers Without Borders Fundraiser
Engineers Without Borders (EWB) recently approached Western Engineering's IT Department with a fundraising idea to raise money for EWB while safely disposing of old toner cartridges.
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Western Engineering Merchandise
The UES  now has Western Engineering merchandise for sale in the back of the UES Resource Room, SEB 1001a.
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Past Events


Fall Preview Day
Saturday, November 13

Approximately 200 prospective engineering students visited Western Engineering during Fall Preview Day.
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Polar Stick Bridge Competition
Tuesday, November 16

14 teams of first-year Western Engineering students and local high school students ‘bridged’ the gap and put Nestle Polar Sticks to the ultimate test.
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Distinguished Lecture Series
Thursday, November 18

Dr. Hamid Arastoopour discussed his innovative and cost-effective technology for recycling and processing polymers and rubbers.
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2nd Annual Careers Evening with Alumni
Thursday, November 18
Western Engineering and Alumni Western hosted Careers Evening with Alumni for upper-year engineering students to network with colleagues in their profession.

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Fall Awards Ceremony
Thursday, November 25

This year's Annual Fall Award Ceremony hounoured 46 under-graduate engineering students winning in-course scholarships and awards.
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Faculty and Staff
Faculty and Staff Award Deadlines
The deadline to nominate a full-time and/or part-time faculty or staff member for the Engineering Award of Recognition is Monday, January 31 at 4:00 pm.
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The deadline to nominate a full-time staff member for the Engineering Award of Excellence for Outstanding Achievement by a Staff Member is Monday, January 31 at 4:00 pm.
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Undergraduate Students
NSERC Undergraduate Summer Research Awards (USRA) Program
The deadline for NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) applications is Friday, January 14, 2004.  Applicants must access the forms and information from the following website:

Please note - all eligible students should be contacting prospective faculty members and submitting applications to the Research & Integrated Engineering Office, located in SEB 2002, no later than 4:00 pm on Friday, January 14, 2004.  Handwritten applications will not be accepted.

For more information please visit or contact Glenda Ogilvie at 661-2111 x88327 or


Spring 2005 Convocation
The timeline for applying to graduate in the Spring 2005 Convocation is December 1, 2004 - March 15, 2005.  All eligible students must apply. For more information, please visit

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Western Appoints Provost and Vice-President (Academic)
The Board of Governors at The University of Western Ontario has approved the appointment of Fred Longstaffe as Western’s Provost & Vice-President (Academic) for a five-year term, July 1, 2005 to June 30, 2010.
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Monthly Pay for December
Monthly pay for December is expected to be issued December 22, 2004. 


Undergraduate Students
In the Faculty of Engineering, students are expected to write all exams as scheduled. It is the student's responsibility to follow the Rules & Regulations. Please note - Minor illnesses and travel plans are not grounds for a special exam. If you have any questions regarding the administration of final exams, please visit the Undergraduate Services Office.
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Photo Gallery

Polar Stick Bridge Competition
Distinguished Lecture
Careers Evening with Alumni
Fall Awards Ceremony
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